Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We take great pleasure in announcing the international conference “Bioethics in the Era of Genomics and Personalized Medicine«, which will take place in Sarajevo on October 28, 2016. This Conference is organized by the Bosnia and Herzegovina Unit of UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and International University of Sarajevo as a part of activities celebrating World Bioethics Day and the adoption of Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights by UNESCO on October 19, 2005.

Recent developments in the natural sciences and technology have greatly facilitated better living conditions and offered novel diagnostic and therapeutic options to people worldwide.  However, the current ethical and regulatory frameworks are often found not to be synchronized with these revolutionary events, particularly in the area of genomics and personalized medicine.

We hope that this Conference in Sarajevo would offer a great opportunity for physicians, geneticists, pharmacists, biotechnologists, philosophers, and other professionals in the area of bioethics, law and the legal system to exchange their ideas regarding the current practices and challenges in the modern genomics era, such as:

  • Analysis of the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics in the modern society
  • Collaboration between private and public sector
  • Capacity development through the team work of the experts in genomics, social sciences, and bioethics with public institutions and start-up companies
  • Training and networking of young researchers

The plenary speakers already confirmed are:

  • Heidi Howard, Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Bogi Eliasen, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Vojin Rakić, Head, European Division of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics; Chair, Cambridge Working Group for Bioethics Education; University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Kasim Bajrović, Institute for Genetic Bioengineering and Biotechnology, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The target participants of the Conference are the international experts, academicians, researchers, students, government representatives, representatives of the private companies, physicians, geneticists, biologists, pharmacists, law experts, philosophers, and other professionals interested in this dynamic field of bioethics.

On the social side there is Sarajevo, which isthe leading social and cultural center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a prominent center of culture in the Balkans, with its region-wide influence in entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts. In May 2016 the New York Times included Sarajevo between the “Seven Places in Europe We Call Home” and complimented our city for its diversity and perspectives. The tile-inlaid words “Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures” stretch across the main pedestrian avenue, where modernity struggles against Old World traditions. We hope we shall have great time together here while having scientific discussions and initiating new friendships.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Sarajevo!